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The overnight report: Red Wings-Jets wrap-up; on Kindl, Marchenko, Howard, Birthday Mrazek & Sheahan
Because the Red Wings dropped a 5-4 shootout decision to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night, the Wings now sit 4 points behind the Montreal Canadiens (with 1 game in hand) and 2 points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning (with 3 games in hand) in the Atlantic Division.
The Wings' second loss (albeit not a second regulation loss) magnifies the importance of winning Monday night's "four-point game" against a Habs team the Wings haven't defeated in 5 Eastern Conference games (0-3-and-2), especially given that Montreal defeated Toronto 2-1 (in a shootout) on Saturday...
The Grand Rapids Griffins found out that Mitch Callahan's out for the year with a torn ACL, and they took out their frustrations on the San Antonio Rampage the old-fashoned way: Landon Ferraro doffed gloves with Vincent Trocheck, and the Griffins defeated San Antonio 4-2 on Saturday night.
The Griffins' website posited a game recap...
The Free Press's Mike Bruendell spoke with Mark Howe when the Red Wings' director of pro scouting attended the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony watch Sergei Fedorov's induction, and Howe also spoke about his father's condition after attending that all-important Kinsmen's Dinner in Saskatoon on February 6th:
"I talked to my sister yesterday (Wednesday), and Gordie had three or four really good days after he got back from Saskatoon," said Mark, director of pro scouting for the Wings. "Periodically over the course of the last year and a half, he ends up getting these little tremors, so he was going through some tremors yesterday (Wednesday). Once these pass, he gets back to normal. But the bottom line from where he was two months ago, his quality of life is so, so much better, and that's what we are so appreciative of."
Howe praised Fedorov and continued:
This is awful news for Mitch Callahan, the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Detroit Red Wings:
During the Griffins' 4-2 win over San Antonio on Saturday, Landon Ferraro made sure to fight Vincent Trocheck for having taken Callahan's knee out on Friday.
The only nice thing I can say about the Red Wings' 5-4 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets is that Pavel Datsyuk put on a damn clinic, and that Jimmy Howard, for once, earned the Wings an OT point and shootout win that it couldn't or wouldn't convert upon.
This game was a case of a team of whiny bullies trying to whinily bully a team with a rusty-ass goalie giving up soft goals and a dumb-brained effort in which the Wings tried to trade rushes with a big, mean, nasty skating team that likes to blow by opposing defenders and run goalies over--and when the Jets punched, grabbed, groped and bad-goal-scored their way to advantages, if not for Pavel Datsyuk, I'm not sure where the Wings' fight would've come from.
If there's one area where the Wings could use an upgrade, it's on defense, where coach Mike Babcock routinely mentions the absence of having a regular who shoots right, and where only Niklas Kronwall provides points for a team that used to also get production from Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski. Marchenko is currently on audition because he shoots right, but he doesn't bring any offense.
General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press he's not doing a "rental," the popular term for acquiring a player in the last year of his contract. That doesn't mean any such player is automatically a no-go, though, because the Wings could sign such a player to an extension.
If what the Wings want is an offensive defenseman, the prize acquisition would be the Arizona Coyotes' Keith Yandle, a consistently good producer who, at 28 years, is in his prime, and who carries an extremely reasonable cap hit of $5.25 million through next season. The Coyotes, however, are more likely to wait and see what they can get for him this summer rather than move him now. At any time, the asking price would be either Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar, plus much more. If Carolina can't re-sign Andrej Sekera, he could be a good fit, but he is a pending UFA.
The Blue Jackets' Fedor Tyutin has a nice history of productivity and carries a $4.5-million cap hit through 2017-18, but is he worth an asking price that'd be something along the lines of Ouellet and a second-round pick
DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned defenseman Jakub Kindl to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.
Kindl, 28, hasn’t played for Detroit since Dec. 27 after suffering an elbow injury. He has skated in 28 games with the Red Wings this season, notching nine points (2-7-9) and 14 penalty minutes. The Sumperk, Czech Republic, native has totaled 241 games for the Red Wings since 2009-10, recording 58 points (11-47-58) a plus-nine rating and 127 penalty minutes. Originally drafted by Detroit in the first round (19th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kindl also appeared in 237 games for the Griffins from 2005-11, registering 89 points (13-76-89) and 225 penalty minutes. Prior to turning professional, the 6-foot-3, 199-lb., blueliner spent three seasons with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers from 2004-07, picking up 127 points (26-101-127) and 346 penalty minutes. He has also represented the Czech Republic at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships and made his men’s national team debut at the 2014 World Championship in Minsk, Belarus, picking up three points (1-2-3) in 10 games.
Kindl is expected to join Grand Rapids for the team’s road game on Sunday against the Chicago Wolves at 5 p.m.
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Sheahan said he's tried to be a bit more effective offensively this season.
"I guess just trying to get in those spots where I can shoot," he said. "Since I've scored some goals, I've gotta keep taking more opportunities to take the puck to the net. I think every game going out there contributing, maybe not even scoring, but getting chances always helps, just builds your confidence."
Wings coach Mike Babcock said Sheahan skates better now than he did when he first saw him.
"He shoots it once in a while," Babcock said. "Now he scored a couple games ago, we might not see it for another 20 games, but he can absolutely shoot it and he can skate. So, you know he can do those things and he knows he can do those things so obviously he's better offensively and he's just more confident."
Sheahan said he has a tendency to look to pass first.
"I think it's just the judgment of passing or shooting, it's a big thing for me," he said. "Maybe I just gotta focus a little more on shooting.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Babcock is focused on getting off to a better start. The Red Wings have an even goals differential in the first period (41-41) but have outscored opponents 58-38 in the second.
"Our first period last game was unacceptable," Babcock said. "When we played Winnipeg last time (4-3 win on Nov. 20) our first period was unacceptable. So we've got to make sure we're ready to go. They're a real good first-period team; they're third in the league in goals for in the first period, so we've got to be prepared."
Updated 4x at 12:07 PM: Both the Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets hope to rebound from losses when they battle tonight at Joe Louis Arena (7 PM EST on FSD/CITY TV/97.1 FM), and, well...
As per usual, MLive's Ansar Khan was the first to list the Wings' lines...
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